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Positive experience for all

Our aims

We want to ensure the best possible experience for all students and staff at UWE Bristol. We are working to ensure that our commitment to equality is reflected in the behaviour, values and practices throughout the University. We are actively seeking to promote a culture where discrimination, bullying and harassment of any student or member of staff is unacceptable.

How we do this?

The objectives and actions set out within the Single Equality Scheme action plan will help us realise our aims and ensure that equality and diversity is embedded in everything that we do.

Joint Forum Against Sexual Violence and Harassment

The Vice-Chancellors of the UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, and Presidents and Student Officers of both Students' Unions have committed their institutions to a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence and harassment.

Find out more about the Joint Forum

Stonewall Diversity Champion

Through our involvement with the Stonewall Top 100 Employers award, we have underlined our commitment to ensure that all students and staff are not discriminated against on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

Being inclusive is one of UWE Bristol’s core values. We want all students to feel valued and to achieve their true potential. This includes LGBT+ students. We recognise that LGBT+ students may experience different challenges and we have a range of services to support you.

  • We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion.
  • We offer all staff training on Sexual Orientation Equality and Trans Awareness. 
  • We encourage staff to become LGBT+ allies and challenge discrimination, harassment, homophobia and trans-phobia. You can recognise allies by their rainbow UWE Bristol lanyards or rainbow ribbon pins.
  • We have been a major sponsor of Bristol Pride since it relaunched in 2010.
  • All of our large, new buildings have gender-neutral toilets; they're also included in some refurbished spaces.

Supporting students

The Students’ Union has an LGBT+ Officer and a Trans Officer. The Students’ Union flourishing LGBT+ Student Society represents LGBT+ students and holds events throughout the year.

UWE Cares can support students who have become estranged from their parents. You may be eligible for the UWE Cares enhanced bursary, which is assessed by the Student Money Service.

Wellbeing offers a wide range of support for students, from online counselling to face-to-face support.

Accommodation staff and halls representatives will understand your concerns and listen to any difficulties you may be experiencing.

Our new Report and Support online platform has been developed for students. You can use this tool to report incidents like bullying, harassment or discrimination to the University, and get practical support and guidance.

Find out more about Stonewall. For more information on trans student support, please take a look at our trans policy and guidance.

Frequently asked questions

I feel discriminated against, what should I do?

If you feel discriminated against because of age/disability/gender identity/marriage or civil partnerships/pregnancy or maternity/race/religion/sex/sexual orientation, you can report this to the University.

UWE Bristol believes that discrimination, direct or indirect, is unjust. In the event of discrimination staff should report the incident using the dignity at work procedure. Students, contractors and visitors should report any incidents using the complaints procedure.

What do I do if I am assaulted or seriously threatened or intimidated?

Call Operations and Security:

Emergency number: +44 (0)117 32 89999

Non-emergency number: +44 (0)117 32 86404

Who do I need to contact for advice on any equality and diversity issue?

If you need help or advice, please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit.

Inclusivity at UWE Bristol

Listen to our Diversity Champion Ron Ritchie speaking on BBC Radio Bristol about our commitment to equality and the wider inclusivity agenda:

Download the mp3 audio file

Did you know?

"82% of all students said they were happy studying at UWE Bristol. BME students scored slightly higher overall satisfaction levels."

Source: Student Compendium 2011/12

See UWE Bristol's equality and diversity data

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